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The day became fantastically sunny in Edinburgh, Bird Guides Photo of the week.

February 28, 2013 in sightings

Another busy day today, but the afternoon was glorious and sunny so I went out to cut back the Buddleia in my garden, the plant recommend on the Butterfly Conservation top 100, while doing this I was treated to the wonderful chirps of the little bobbing long-tailed tits, there were 2 feeding on the fat in the RSPB half coconuts, absolutely superb birds full of character, I’m pretty positive there were more near by but I didn’t see them, so just 2 have been added today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 3
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 4
  5. Long-tailed tit x 2
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Woodpigeon x 2

This weeks Bird Guides photo of the week is a fantastic shot of a Crossbill, just an amazing shot, you have to check it out:

Bird Guides – Crossbill – photo of the week

See more of Chris Upson’s fantastic bird photos: Chris Upson Images of Nature

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Terrible list for today!

February 27, 2013 in sightings

I was glad to see 6 starlings at the end of today as there’d only been 2 woodpigeons earlier, the day was hectic again, my carpal tunnel is getting better and I’ve started working on the Australian version of finance site Saver Scene – Saver Scene Australia again as I’d taken a lot of time off to try and get my hands to heal. As well as the workmen still putting in the new central heating system so no access to the back garden again and only looked out the front and had 2 sightings. there were gulls high up and I couldn’t identify them, so this is it for today:

  1. Starlings x 6 – flying over their roost in the beautiful sunset.
  2. Woodpigeon x 2 – they were really into spring activity!
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Front garden bird watching today, plus more wildlife gardening tips.

February 26, 2013 in sightings

The fog has gotten incredibly thick here in Edinburgh tonight, who’s bright idea was it to get the central heating replaced in February?  Oh that’s right mine!  It’s freezing!  Due to works going on in all the back rooms today I didn’t really get a chance to see the back garden and instead had to watch a small part of hedge in the front and got one good surprise here’s what I was lucky enough to see:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Carrion crow x 1 – fly over
  3. Dunnock x 1
  4. Grey Heron x 1 – fly over
  5. Woodpigeon x 2

I don’t think I’ve used this photo on here, but one of my regular carrion crows that flies over the garden:

Carrion Crow

Carrion Crow

Yesterday I posted up about wildlife gardening and wanted to mention another great post that gives good information about planting not only nectar rich flowers and plants for adult butterflies but also adding plants for caterpillars: Gardening for butterflies – adults v caterpillars | Butterflies and Gardens

possible sign of spring

February 26, 2013 in sightings

I’d say i heard the first signs of a dawn chorus today – blackbirds and robins making a bit of a noise just before dawn.

 

Also saw Robin, Magpie, Black headed Gull, carrion Crow, Woodpigeon today

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Starlings zigged & zagged through the sky, garden bird list.

February 25, 2013 in sightings

I’ve had a very busy day today, we’re getting a new central heating system put in and it’s been a bit hectic, I did have time to do Monday updates on ISA, Savings and Credit Cards and to put together the list of 100 best plants for attracting wildlife to your garden.  I also manage to get out and see a few birds in or over the garden, including 13 starlings that I got to watch for about 10 minutes as they zigged and zagged  through the sky, diving in close and checking their roosting place then flicking back into the sky high over the roost, watching it from every angle, amazing to watch, I hope to one day see one of the huge murmurations as seen in Wexford.

Here’s the list of the birds I did have the fortune to see today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 3 fly overs
  4. Chaffinch x 1
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. Magpie x 2 fly overs
  7. Starlings x 13
  8. Woodpigeon x 5
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Plants for attracting wildlife, Butterfly Conservations top 100!

February 25, 2013 in sightings

I know this site is dedicated to birds but one of the important things for birds is their food and a great way to increase birds in your garden is by increasing the number of insects, the people at Butterfly Conservation (savebutterflies on twitter) have put together a brilliant list of plants that are nectar rich and perfect for insects many not just for butterflies but bees, moths and some berry producing ones great for many birds.

I’ve searched the internet for places that sell plants or seeds recommended by Butterfly Conservation, for those that I couldn’t I’ve linked to suggested searches on ebay.  I will be trying to grow many of these to attract as much wildlife to the garden as possible to help the wildlife and in the hope of being able to photograph birds, mammals and insects from home while I’m not able to walk very well.

Painted Lady - Butterfly on Sunflower

Painted Lady – Butterfly on Sunflower

here’s the great list, a big thanks to Butterfly Conservation for this:

Mini Meadow
Buy Mini wildflower meadow Empathy mini wildflower meadow: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – I’m going to be trying this one in my garden

Buddleia / Buddleja
Buy butterfly bush Buddleja ‘Lochinch’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy butterfly bush Buddleja davidii ‘White Profusion’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy butterfly bush Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – I really like this one
Buy Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii ‘Royal Red’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – RHS Perfect for Pollinators
Buddleia Nanho Purple 1 Plant 3 litre | Buy Plants, Shrubs and Trees Online | Shrubs

Ice Plant
Buy ice plant Sedum spectabile ‘(Brilliant Group) Brilliant’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Lavender
Buy lavender Lavandula × intermedia ‘Grosso’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Scented Lavender Collection 6 plants | Perennial Plants
Lavender Angustifolia Vera 2L | Garden Bargains

Michaelmas daisy
Buy michalmas daisy Aster × frikartii ‘Mönch’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Marjoram
Buy marjoram Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy pot marjoram seeds Origanum vulgare: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – seeds

Red valerian
Buy red valerian Centranthus ruber: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Aubretia
Buy aubretia F1 Aubretia ‘Purple Cascade (Cascade Series)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – very nice purple!
Buy Aubretia Royal Red 12 Plants | In the papers

Field scabious
Buy field scabious Knautia arvensis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy butterfly collection Butterfly ‘Seed collection’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – Butterfly Seed Collection

Scabious
Buy sweet scabious Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Fata Morgana’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy Macedonian scabious Knautia macedonica: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy sweet scabious Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Bramble
Buy blackberry blackberry ‘Ouachita’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy blackberry blackberry ‘Oregon Thornless’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

French marigold
Buy 40 plus 20 FREE large plug plants Marigold ‘French Fancy’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Marigold Melody 50 Plants +20 FREE | Garden Ready Plants

Hebe
Buy veronica Hebe ‘Champagne’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy hebe Hebe ‘Heartbreaker’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Hebe Collection 3 Plants 9cm Pot | Shrubs

Candytuft
Buy candytuft Iberis ‘Masterpiece’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Lobelia
Buy lobelia Lobelia × speciosa ‘Hadspen Purple (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Lobelia Trail Away 100 Plug Plants + 60 FREE | Plug Plants

Honesty
Buy honesty Lunaria annua: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Mint
Buy alpine mint bush Prostanthera cuneata: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – alpine mint bush
Buy peppermint seeds Mentha piperita: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – peppermint
Buy herb collection – mint, rosemary, thyme, parsley & sage or lavender Herb Collection ‘(6 Mixed Herbs)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – mixed herbs
Tasty Herb Collection 12 Jumbo Ready Plants | Garden Vegetables | Jersey Plants Direct – mixed herbs

Hemp agrimony
Buy hemp agrimony Eupatorium capillifolium: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Phlox
Buy phlox Phlox divaricata ‘Clouds of Perfume’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy Phlox Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Evening’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Perennial Phlox Collection 6 Jumbo Ready Plants | Perennials
Phlox Blue Paradise 1 Plant 2 Litre | Perennials

Forget-me-not
Buy forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy Siberian bugloss Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy wildflower plug plant collection Wildflowers for ‘attracting bumble bees’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – a great bumblebee collection!

Aster
Buy aster Aster ‘Little Carlow (cordifolius hybrid)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy michalmas daisy Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Sweet rocket
Buy sweet rocket Hesperis matronalis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Runner bean
Buy runner bean : Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Runner Bean Scarlet Emperor | Vegetable Seeds

Knapweed
Buy knapweed Centaurea ‘Jordy’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy mountain knapweed Centaurea montana ‘Alba’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy greater knapweed Centaurea scabiosa: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy butterfly collection Butterfly ‘Seed collection’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Privet
Buy oval leaf privet Ligustrum ovalifolium: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy oval leaf privet – Hedging Range Ligustrum ovalifolium: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Purple Loosestrife
Buy loosestrife Lythrum virgatum ‘Dropmore Purple’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Verbena
Buy verbena Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy verbena Verbena bonariensis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Alyssum
Alysum Dilly Dilly 50 Plants + 20 FREE | Garden Ready Plants

Common fleabane
Pulicaria dysenterica ? Common Fleabane | Wild Flowers | Species | Emorsgate Seeds ? (01553) 829 028

Dandelion
Taraxacum officinale ? Dandelion | Wild Flowers | Species | Emorsgate Seeds ? (01553) 829 028

Dahlia
Buy dahlia tuber Dahlia ‘Bishop of Auckland’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy dahlia tuber Dahlia ‘Bishop of Dover’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Wallflower
Buy wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Bowles mauve wallflower
Buy wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Ivy
Buy Persian ivy Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variegata’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Heather
Buy Cantabrian heath Daboecia cantabrica ‘Amelie (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy winter heath Erica carnea f. alba ‘Whitehall’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy Heather Promotion – 6 pack Heather ‘6 Pack’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Shrubby cinquefoil
Buy shrubby cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa ‘Marian Red Robin = ‘Marrob’ (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Ragwort
Buy Western mugwort Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Cranesbill
Buy cranesbill Geranium ‘Melinda (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – RHS Perfect for Pollinators
Buy cranesbill Geranium × oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Primrose
Buy evening primrose Oenothera biennis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Tree mallow
Buy tree mallow (syn. L. olbia ‘Rosea’) Lavatera × clementii ‘Rosea’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy tree hollyhock Hibiscus syriacus ‘White Chiffon’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Chives
Buy chives chives: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy Edible Flowers Plant Combination ‘Edible Flowers Plant Combination’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – Edible Flowers plant collection

Thyme
Buy thyme Thymus vulgaris ‘Silver Posie’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy thyme Thymus ‘Doone Valley’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy thyme – organic seeds Thymus vulgaris: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Catmint
Buy mountain knapweed Centaurea montana ‘Alba’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy catmint Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy catmint Nepeta × faassenii: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy Chilean potato tree Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
African Marigold
Marigold African Sun Mix 50 Plants + 20 FREE | Garden Ready Plants

Pansy
Buy heartsease Viola tricolor: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Black eyed Susan
Buy black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia ‘Little Gold Star’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Early Bird Gold (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Early Bird Gold (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Hydrangea
Buy hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata ‘Diamant Rouge = ‘Rendia’ (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy climbing hydrangea Hydrangea anomala subsp. ‘petiolaris Silver Lining’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Golden Rod
Buy solidaster / golden rod Solidago × luteus ‘Lemore’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Ox-eye daisy
Buy ox-eye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Sweet William
30 Sweet William Rouge Blush Plants + 15 FREE | Garden Ready Plants

Shasta daisy
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Snowcap’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Phyllis Smith’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum ‘× superbum Sunny Side Up’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum ‘Sante’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Hyssop
Buy hyssop Agastache ‘Black Adder’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Rock rose
Buy rock rose Cistus × purpureus: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Honeysuckle
Buy mandarine honeysuckle Lonicera ‘Mandarin’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy early Dutch honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy English wild honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum ‘Heaven Scent’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Daisy
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Snowcap’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Phyllis Smith’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy fleabane Erigeron ‘Sommerneuschnee’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia ‘Little Gold Star’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy coneflower Echinacea purpurea: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘Vintage Wine (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy New England Aster Aster novae-angliae ‘Violetta’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – I really like this one.
Buy coneflower Rudbeckia hirta ‘Autumn Shades’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy pot marigold Calendula officinalis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy feverfew – organic seeds Tanacetum parthenium: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum ‘× superbum Sunny Side Up’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy shasta daisy Leucanthemum ‘Sante’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Teasel
Buy teasel Dipsacus fullonum: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – be very good to get goldfinches in the garden!
Buy sea holly (syn. Blue Dwarf) Eryngium planum ‘Blauer Zwerg’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy Nyjer / Thistle seed: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – Nyjer / Thistle seed

Sneezewort
Buy sneezewort Achillea ptarmica ‘(The Pearl Group) The Pearl (clonal)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Chrysanthemum (single)
Buy corn marigold (syn. Chrysanthemum segetum ) Glebionis segetum: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Cosmos, Cosmea
Buy cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Rubenza’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sensation Picotee’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Purity’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Dazzler’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy 40 plus 20 FREE large plug plants Cosmos ‘Sonata White’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy RHS perfect for pollinating insects ‘RHS perfect for pollinating insects’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – perfect for pollinators mix

Osteospermum
Buy African daisy Osteospermum jucundum: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy African daisy Osteospermum ‘Snow Pixie’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Clover
Buy white clover – green manure Trifolium repens: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Globe thistle
Buy globe thistle Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Globe’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy globe thistle Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Marguerite
Buy dyer’s chamomile Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C. Buxton’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Pot marigold
Buy pot marigold Calendula officinalis ‘Indian Prince’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy pot marigold Calendula officinalis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Escallonia
Buy escallonia Escallonia ‘Iveyi’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy escallonia Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Everlasting flower – Helichrysum
Helichrysum Forever Mix Seeds – Suttons Seeds and Plants

Lilac
Buy lilac Syringa ‘Red Pixie’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Cornflower
Buy cornflower Centaurea cyanus: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy cornflower Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy mountain knapweed Centaurea montana ‘Alba’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Hyacinth
Buy ‘prepared’ hyacinth bulbs Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Pink Pearl’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy garden hyacinth bulbs Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Miss Saigon’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Lychnis coronaria – Campion
Lychnis coronaria – Red Rose Campion, 200 Seeds | eBay

Red campion
Buy red campion Silene dioica: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Nasturtium
Buy nasturtium Tropaeolum ‘Alaska’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Ceratostigma
Buy hardy plumbago Ceratostigma plumbaginoides: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Statice
statice seeds | eBay
Cone flower / Coneflower
Buy coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘Vintage Wine (PBR)’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – very nice flower!

Senecio
Buy senecio Brachyglottis ‘(Dunedin Group) Sunshine’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Onions – I’ve chosen ornamental onions, but obviously there are great benefits from standard onions – like being able to eat them!
Buy giant ornamental onion Allium giganteum: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy ornamental onion Allium schubertii: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Virginia stock
virginia stock seeds | eBay

Petunia – make sure they’re single flowered as often the double aren’t great for wildlife.
Buy 40 plus 20 FREE large plug plants Petunia ‘Fantasia Mixed’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Petunia Surfina Classic (Trailing) Red 24 Jumbo Ready Plants | Ready Plants

Busy Lizzie
Buy Impatiens Jigsaw 70 Plug Plants plus 35 FREE | Plug Plants

Coreopsis
Buy tickseed Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – very nice!
Buy tickseed Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Bluebell
Buy bluebell bulbs Hyacinthoides non-scripta: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk – try very hard to keep these away from Spanish bluebells.

Yarrow
Buy yarrow Achillea ‘Credo’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy yarrow Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy yarrow Achillea ‘Moonshine’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy yarrow Achillea ‘Wesersandstein’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Birds-foot-trefoil
Buy bird’s foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Everlasting pea
Buy spring vetchling Lathyrus vernus: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Cardamine pratensis / lady’s smock / cuckoo flower
Buy lady’s smock / cuckoo flower Cardamine pratensis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Feverfew
Buy feverfew – organic seeds Tanacetum parthenium: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Inula
Inula seeds | eBay

Pinks
Buy pink Dianthus amurensis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy pink Dianthus ‘Mrs Sinkins’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Sneezeweed, Helenium
Buy sneezeweed Helenium ‘Biedermeier’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy sneezeweed (syn Indian Summer) Helenium ‘Indianersommer’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy sneezeweed Helenium ‘The Bishop’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Flos flower, Ageratum
Ageratum seeds | eBay

Corn marigold
Buy corn marigold (syn. Chrysanthemum segetum ) Glebionis segetum: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Sea holly
Buy sea holly (syn. Blue Dwarf) Eryngium planum ‘Blauer Zwerg’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy sea holly Eryngium bourgatii ‘Picos Amethyst’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Grape hyacinth
Buy grape hyacinth bulbs Muscari latifolium: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy grape hyacinth bulbs Muscari armeniacum: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Cotoneaster – these are great for birds too, I had a few small plants in my old garden and a fieldfare came and devoured all the berrys in one day. Was happy to see it!
Buy cotoneaster Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Cornubia’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy cotoneaster Cotoneaster dammeri: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Buttercup – 4000 seeds can cost around £5:
buttercup seeds | eBay

Viola
Buy heartsease Viola tricolor: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk
Buy violet (syn. Viola Boughton Blue) Viola ‘Belmont Blue’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Ceanothus
Buy Californian lilac Ceanothus ‘Burkwoodii’: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Musk mallow
Musk mallow seeds | eBay

Heliotrope
Heliotrope seeds | eBay

Eranthis hyemalis – winter aconite
Buy winter aconite – In The Green Eranthis hyemalis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Buddleia is by far the best nectar plant and is first favourite with 18 species: Brimstone, Comma, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Large White, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown.

Check ebay for more great wild flower and meadow plants & seeds:
wildflower | eBay

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Watched the Rugby, more DIY and few birds about.

February 24, 2013 in sightings

What a wonderful day for Scottish Rugby!  Today started with snow, a lot of snow but a few hours later there was almost none lying, by the end of the day it was just a boggy mess.  I would have expected a lot more birds around however there’s also a lot of insects about so the birds aren’t needing the feeders as much as a few weeks ago.  It’s amazing how many moths are about, talking to others they’ve had almost none but I’m having to remove and release up to 5 a day from the house, so there should be a lot more out and about.  Here’s my list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Bullfinch x 1 – female
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Feral Pigeon x 1
  6. Magpie x 2
  7. Woodpigeon x 4 – really showing mating behaviour today.

Sunday

February 24, 2013 in sightings

Was not specifically out to watch birds today but got to see a few species.

House Sparrow Starling, Magpie, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Harring Gull, Rook, Woodpigeon, and a first for this year Song Thrush

First 5 in the list were within 3 minutes of stepping out the front door.

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A day of Rugby and DIY, plus got to see a few birds.

February 23, 2013 in sightings

Spent most of the day doing DIY or taking glances at the rugby, didn’t have a lot of time for birdwatching only when outside with the dog, that said still got a good list and it was fantastic to see a pair of long-tailed tits, I heard them long before I saw them, they’ve got such a great call.  Here’s the list for today: 

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 22 fly overs
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 6
  7. Long-tailed Tits x 2
  8. Robin x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 4

Saturday 23rd

February 23, 2013 in sightings

Have nto had much chance to see anything for a few days – not out in much daylight.

Have seen some this morning though

Robin, Dunnock, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Black Headed Gull, Carrionb Crow, 40+ Rooks in a big tree on way to supermarket. 4 Cormorant on pilon by river Chelmer just outside Chelmsford.

Am in for the rest of the day now – Watching  Nordic Skiing and Rugby